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Low Levels of Circulating Protein Linked to Kidney Function Decline

• Decreased blood levels of a protein called soluble klothos were linked with an increased likelihood of experiencing kidney function decline in a group elderly well-functioning adults.

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American Society of Nephrology Welcomes GAO Report Confirming Urgent Need for Greater Research Funding

Report Details Imbalance between Kidney Disease Research and Health Impact.

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Blood Donors of Many Colors Pool Precious Resource to Save Woman’s Life

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Last year, Shirley Polk’s life changed forever. On Friday, it changed again, thanks to a meeting she had with 15 strangers who helped save her life. Last September, the 67-year old, whose liver and kidney suddenly failed after she developed acute autoimmune disease, received a transplant of both organs at Reagan UCLA Medical Center. On Jan. 13, at an event arranged by UCLA, she met 15 of the 59 strangers whose blood donations made possible the transplant surgeries that saved her life. Thanks to her donors’ generosity, Polk was transfused with 32 units of whole blood, 27 units of plasma and 11 units of platelets.

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Kidney Disease Patients Have Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs than Stroke and Cancer Patients

Patients who have chronic kidney disease but are not on dialysis have higher out-of-pocket healthcare expenses than even stroke and cancer patients, according to a study published in BMC Nephrology.

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Transplant Milestone - UCLA Health News Advisory

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Going strong 50 years after receiving donor kidney transplants

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Trial Finds Oral Iron Drug Safe and Effective for Treating Anemia in Kidney Disease Patients

• In a phase 3 trial of patients with chronic kidney disease, 52.1% of patients receiving oral ferric citrate experienced a significant boost in hemoglobin levels (a reflection of red blood cell counts) compared with 19.1% of patients receiving placebo. • A treatment effect was seen as early as 1-2 weeks after the start of treatment, and the response was durable.

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Some Cells Need a ‘Haircut’ Before Duplicating

Many of our cells are equipped with a hairlike "antenna" that relays information about the external environment to the cell, and scientists have already discovered that the appearance and disappearance of these so-called primary cilia are synchronized with the process of cellular duplication, called mitosis.

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Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, FASN to Lead the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology’s Incoming Editorial Team

Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, FASN, begins his 6-year team as Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) on January 1, 2017, alongside an incoming editorial team of 17 highly accomplished nephrology researchers.

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Many Kidney Failure Patients Lack Advance Directives Near the End of Life

• Among nursing home residents in the last year of life, patients with kidney failure were far less likely to have advance directives that put limitations on treatments and designated surrogate decision makers compared with other nursing home residents with serious illnesses. • Advance directives with these components were associated with a lower use of intensive interventions at the end of life. • Nearly all kidney failure patients with an advance directive putting limitations on treatment received end-of-life care that was concordant with their preferences.

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Structure of Kidney Failure Patients’ Blood Clots May Increase Their Risk of Early Death

• Hemodialysis patients tend to have denser blood clots than individuals without kidney disease. • Dense blood clots were linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular and other causes.

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Racial Disparities Exist in Children’s Access to Kidney Transplantation

• In a study of children with kidney failure who were followed for a median of 7.1 years, black children had a 36% higher risk of dying than white children. The increase risk was mostly attributed to differences in access to transplantation. • Hispanic children had lower risk of death than white children even though they had lower access to transplantation.

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Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Rates Are Low in Women with Advanced Kidney Disease

• In a recent study, most women with advanced chronic kidney disease had not received breast or cervical cancer screening in recent years. • Older age, greater comorbidities, and lower income were associated with a lower rate of screening.

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Prior Kidney Damage May Pose Risks for Pregnant Women and Their Babies

• Women with a history of recovered acute kidney injury had an increased rate of preeclampsia and delivered infants earlier than women with a history of normal kidney function.

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Post-Op Complications Measurements Differ, Mayo Clinic Study Finds

PHOENIX – How do medical professionals determine whether or not a patient has experienced a post-operative complication? A team of Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers has published results of a three-year study examining mechanisms for measuring and reporting postoperative infection complications. The study analyzed patient admissions between 2012 and 2014 at the four teaching hospitals across Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The results are published online in the Annals of Surgery.

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Kidney Transplant Donor, Recipient Will Attempt Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Together in 2017

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In an effort to bring awareness to the power and benefits of living organ donation, Hasberry, Kuykendall and Kuykendall’s son, Cade, will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa, in June 2017.

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You Are What You Exhale

Using an array of nanoscale sensors, researchers have identified distinct “chemical signatures” in breath samples, for several diseases (including lung cancer, ovarian cancer, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis).







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